Rekindling the Flame of Remembrance in France

Posted by | May 23, 2022 |

Rekindling the Flame of Remembrance under the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

At the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Inner Wheel celebrated the rekindling of the Flame of Remembrance, represented by District 66 in a gathering of five other international service clubs, Rotary, Kiwani, Lions, Zonta and the organisers, Soroptimist. The ceremony of the rekindling the Flame of Remembrance is in honour of women engaged during wartime.

Inner Wheel District 66 was represented by District Chairman Bernadette Lesage, Past District Chairman Madeleine Marcillet, District Vice-Chairman Francine Menjon, District Committee Member Monika Boyer. We thank them warmly.

Here is a summary about this ceremony, written by Madeleine Marcillet, Past-District Chairman.

“Being under the Arc de Triomphe to attend the rekindling the Flame of Remembrance on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a major event, especially on this Women’s Day.

We are standing on the side of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Our emotion is intense when a woman voice explained what this ceremony means, especially at a time when Peace is so fragile (impossible to forget Ukraine).

When La Marseillaise was played by soldiers, and sung by all in attendance, we were all moved and proud to be here, representing Inner Wheel.

The officials rekindled the Flame, and each of the association’s wreath were laid on the Tomb. After that, the officials greeted all those present, and the ceremony ended when the officials departed.”

The Inner Wheel Clubs in France are proud to participate in this ceremony alongside all the other international service clubs.

Maud Olsem, National Past-President, D66, Club of Chantilly